The Undertaker has opened up on being concussed during his WrestleMania 30 match against Brock Lesnar in an interview with Steve Austin.
‘Taker – or more accurately Mark Calaway, who plays the Undertaker character – was Austin’s first guest on the new WWE Network series Broken Skull Sessions.
Undertaker revealed that he was concussed five minutes into the Lesnar match, which was his first ever WrestleMania loss, and explained:
“I don’t even remember this night. I mean, I’ve watched it back now, I obviously know. My last memory that I can definitely tell you happened at about 3:30 in the afternoon when my wife came backstage and we had a conversation. That’s the last thing that I remember on my own of that day.”
“At this point in my career, there’s a huge process of me getting ready between the stretching, visiting the doctors, doing everything that I have to do to get myself ready to go out and perform. It’s gone. And when I say process, we’re talking about an hour, hour and a half process that’s just completely gone. My memory picks up, I want to say 4:30, 5:00 in the morning when I’m in the hospital. They’re coming to check on me every few minutes to ask me my name and I’ve got no clue.”
The Deadman continued, discussing how he couldn’t answer basic questions such as his own name in the hospital:
“The one thing I remembered was my wife’s first name and I got to the point where they’d come in and asked me where I was at and I have no clue where I’m at, no idea what my birthday is. So they leave and I call her over, ‘hey, come here. Where am I?’ [laughs] And she’s like ‘I’m not going to cheat for you on this, you have to remember this on your own.’ I’m getting hot at her because she won’t tell me where the hell I’m at and I’ve got no clue.”
“I’ve watched it back 10, 15 times now. I can’t pick out where it happened. It was nothing Brock did. I think him not knowing that I was concussed, and I kept taking belly-to-back suplexes, but that’s not on him because I was still moving. Watching it, I can tell that I’m lethargic and I’m not moving and thinking like I would be normally.”
He also spoke about how the ordeal affected him not only physically but also mentally, and how even just a simple bump would ring his bell for a while after.
The Phemon went on to say that the reason he didn’t retire with that match was that he didn’t want his last match to be one that he didn’t remember.
Thanks to WrestleZone for the quotes